We have added a new page to our website to assist adoptees in learning about searching for birth family: What works, what doesn't, what are the first steps to take, etc. If you are an adoptee wondering where to start, check it out:
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There has been a lot of discussion on adoption groups about our initiative launched two weeks ago regarding a new approach to birth parent searching. Like anything new, there are a lot of questions. So, here are some answers. If we don't cover your question, let us know in the comments and we can add it to this article.
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Long-time readers of this blog realize that the 2005 Hunan trafficking scandal was the tip of the proverbial ice berg -- that the issues made manifest in the Hunan scandal were not in any way unique to the six orphanages, but was a pattern of behavior seen all across China. We know from testimony provided at the trials that those orphanages began to reward employees -- either with continued employment or financial rewards -- as early as 1996, when the China adoption program adopted 4,165 children to the United States, the Netherlands, Denmark and Canada. If the orphanages were already experiencing a "demand" imbalance in 1996 in Hunan, one must ask if other orphanages throughout China started buying babies any earlier. When exactly did the supply of children move from true abandonments to incentive-motivated relinquishments?
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We have recently published data books for Luchuan (Guangxi) and Shenzhen (Guangdong).
Stories of Reunion
Our new blog giving voice to the adoptees and birth families reunited by DNA through DNAConnect.Org.
Stories of Searching
Our new blog giving voice to the birth families searching for their biological children through DNAConnect.Org.